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Nancy Gustafson, WOCN

Affiliate: Specialty Care Nurses

Unit: Outside Utilization at Independence Park outside Downey

Health Care Professional Since: 1983

UNAC/UHCP Member Since: 2012

When I was four I had to spend the night in the hospital, which was pretty scary. My nurse gave me a shot. I was so mad I said, “I’m going to grow up and become a nurse and come back and give you a shot,” and she said, “I hope you do. It’s a really good job.”

When we organized the first time I didn’t understand the role of the Union. I joined the bargaining team because if I had to be in the Union, I wanted to have a voice. I’ve never been one to sit around and wait for someone else to volunteer to do what I want done. Then I saw how it could improve the nursing care that we could provide.

During our most recent bargaining I had a colleague that was going to get fired. She’d been a WOCN as long as me, but they’d changed the job description to require board certification. She had a health issue and missed the exam. We were able to intervene so she had time to get her certification. Being a union activist is important so I can be a voice for people that need to have a voice.

Previous Leaders

Dinah Hernandez, RN Sunset
Joy P., RN Sunset
Debra Sung, PT PT/OT/RT
Michelle Lanorias, RN Pettis Memorial
Brenda Gomez, RN St. Francis
Rose Kivila, RN Parkview
Barb Kotlik, NP Downey
Carol Granot, RN Sharp
Summer Noyes, RN Sharp
Nery Naguiat, CHRN Garden Grove
Randy Naguiat, RN Garden Grove
Crystal Janey, RN Balboa
Linda Church, CNM Specialty Care Nurses
Elena Sangit, RN Panorama City
Erica Yvette Mays, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Maria Palacio, RN, CM Specialty Care Nurses
Isaac Saroia, RN Beverly
Sally Manalad, RN Lakewood
Corazon Arabaca, RN Fountain Valley
Krissy Stassin, RN Riverside
Susanna Adame-Rozbruch, RN, BSN Woodland Hills
Gene Chang, OD South Bay
Monica Guillemin, PA-C West LA
Shelley Stanovich, RN Downey
Inese Redondo, RN Sharp
Ahsan Haque, RN St. Francis
Vena Stover, RN Baldwin Park
Debby Cruz, RN Parkview
Edwin Guardado, RN St. Francis
Angelica Coria, RN Garden Grove
Daniel Quiñones, RN Sharp
Janet Rossi, RN Orange County
Krishna Yu, RN Lakewood
Bernadette “Bernie” Brayshaw, RN Fountain Valley